aeolian harp

(redirected from aeolian harps)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

Aeolian harp

n.
An instrument consisting of an open box over which are stretched strings that sound when the wind passes over them. Also called wind harp.

[From Aeolian, relating to Aeolus, god of the winds.]

aeolian harp

n
(Instruments) a stringed instrument that produces a musical sound when a current of air or wind passes over the strings. Also called: wind harp

aeo′lian harp′


n.
a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind.
[1785–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aeolian harp - a harp having strings tuned in unisonaeolian harp - a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them
harp - a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers
References in classic literature ?
It is as though the Aeolian harps had caught some strayed wind from an unknown world, and brought strange messages from peopled stars.
A strange roseate light shone through the spaces among their trunks and the wind made in their branches the music of AEolian harps.
My name is Manicamp," replied the young man, in a voice whose tones were as harmonious and sweet as the notes of an AEolian harp.